The word on Chappie hasn’t been good. Currently it has a 54% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, placing it lower than director Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 follow-up Elysium, which even the director has since admitted wasn’t all that good.
Haters can shoot it through the exhaust port. I loved it. Here’s why (spoilers follow).
First up, Chappie has this juxtaposition of dystopia and camp that I really love.
Dystopia: Robot policemen have been invented to deal with rampant crime in squalid future Johannesburg. Camp: Deon (Dev Patel), the scientist who created the robots and imbued one of them, Chappie, with consciousness, owns a calcuator watch, not one but two rubber chickens, and pulls inspiration from a cat poster.